Call Conferencing Patents (Class 455/416)
  • Patent number: 8874090
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for allowing a first device that is in a video conference with a second mobile device to remotely control the second mobile device. The method sends images captured by a camera of the first device to the second device. The method receives images captured by a camera of the second device. The method sends a command through a communication channel of a real-time communication session to the second device. The command is for instructing the second device to perform an operation that modifies the images captured by the camera of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joe S. Abuan, James O. Normile, Hsi-Jung Wu, Haitao Guo, Douglas S. Price, Xiaosong Zhou, Dazhong Zhang, Berkat S. Tung, Roberto Garcia, Jr., Hyeonkuk Jeong, Yan Yang, David A. Eldred, Elizabeth C. Cranfill, Andrew Yanowitz, Ting Chen, David D. Kuo
  • Publication number: 20140315529
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for processing a call as between a mobile device and a linked base telephone system are described. A phone docking station allows the mobile device to be linked to the base telephone system. Features of either the mobile device or the base telephone system may be used to support a call. For example, through the phone docking station, one or more features and functions of the mobile device may be enabled on or supported by the base telephone system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Vladimir Shmunis
  • Publication number: 20140315521
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for originating a call to a wireless number by a contact center while enforcing various compliance requirements. In one embodiment, a compliance server and a PBX cooperate to originate the call to the wireless number. The agent logs into the compliance server and the compliance server provides the agent with a wireless number to dial. The agent manually enters the wireless number using a phone connected to the PBX. The PBX queries the compliance server regarding establishing the wireless call. Upon authorization, the PBX establishes a first call leg to the compliance server, and a second call leg to the called party that is joined with the call leg to the agent's phone. Upon completion of the call, the agent dispositions the call to the compliance server, which then releases the first call leg. In response, the PBX then releases the second call leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Noble Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Hitchcock, Ellwood I. Neuer, III
  • Patent number: 8868051
    Abstract: Presented are systems and methods for presenting conference call information using a mobile conferencing system. The mobile conferencing system classifies a call type parameter as a conference call based on conference details. The mobile conferencing system joins a mobile device to a teleconference using the conference details and the call type parameter. The mobile conferencing system then displays an active call graphical user interface, wherein the graphical user interface displays at least part of the conference details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Peter Eymard Baccay, Christina Evelyn Lucey, Irina Mikheyenok
  • Patent number: 8867720
    Abstract: A method for controlling access by of communication devices to a conference call, the method comprising associating proximity settings with a conference call, the proximity settings indicating a acceptable proximity of other communication devices relative to a selected communication device; sensing by the selected communication device proximity of the other devices within its proximity of the communication device to obtain proximity information; and determining, by a processor, from the obtained proximity information and the proximity settings an action to be performed with reference to the conference call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Douglas Michael Gisby, Brian Edward Anthony McColgan, Christopher Labrador, Kevin W. Andrewin, Nicholas Patrick Alfano
  • Patent number: 8868685
    Abstract: A system and method for a server to provide an early notification to a target group devices when paging a wireless device during a push-to-talk (PTT) communication. When a wireless device is ready to transmit a PTT communication, a message is sent from the wireless device to a server that then sends an early PING message to a base station while processing a call request message from the wireless device. After processing the call request message, the server sends an announce message to the base station. On receipt of the PING message, the base station sends a paging message to all targeted devices while processing the announce message. The early PING message causes a communication channel to be established between a targeted device and the base station, and the communication channel can then be used by the announce message with less set-up time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporate
    Inventor: Hamsini Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 8867995
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for human body communication in a mobile communication system are provided. A portable terminal includes a human body communication module and a controller. The human body communication module performs human body communication. The controller performs a process to perform connection with an external device through the human body communication and then perform an operation executable through the human body communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki-Uk Kim, June-Hyeok Im
  • Patent number: 8867719
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that facilitate the generation of calling lists for use in planning or setting up conference calls. The system may include a communications module and a contact database comprising a plurality of contact records, each contact record corresponding to a different contact. Each contact record may include at least one contact address and at least one descriptor. For example, the descriptor may include a job title and/or expertise for the contact. The system may also include a selection module configured to select at least one of the contacts and also configured to compare the at least one descriptor to at least one qualifier criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Douglas Gisby, Christopher Labrador, Kevin Andrewin, Nicholas Alfano
  • Patent number: 8868107
    Abstract: An illustrative system and method for detecting a wireless terminal in a wireless network by ascertaining information about the wireless terminal's location, thus enabling individualized surveillance and tracking of certain wireless terminals. In some embodiments, the detection is triggered by a signal that is compliant with the Customized Applications for Mobile networks Enhanced Logic (“CAMEL”) protocol. Several kinds of mobile-telecommunications events can trigger detection, including events that do not involve call origination. Advantages include bypassing the home location register when obtaining a location estimate for the wireless terminal and when determining whether a wireless terminal is of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Polaris Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Ankit Bansal
  • Patent number: 8868052
    Abstract: A system and method for wireless conferencing. A personal wireless device is linked with a conferencing system for implementing a conference call. Voice input is received from a user through the personal wireless device. The voice input is transmitted to the conferencing system in response to receiving the voice input. The voice input is broadcast through one or more speakers in communication with the conferencing system in response to determining the voice input may be inaudible to one or more users in a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Shekhar Gupta
  • Patent number: 8861512
    Abstract: A wireless device can initiate a network connection without using a network operator's home location register. The wireless device sends data to a server that defines a call request; and the server decides on the appropriate routing over all available networks for that call request. But, unlike a conventional HLR, the server can receive communications from the device using any one of several different protocols, and is not limited to the MAP (mobile application part) protocol. For example, the wireless device can use SMS or HTTP over the internet to communicate with the server. The server then determines the appropriate least cost routing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Shoo 533 Limited
    Inventors: Michael Camilleri, Jose Luis Merino Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8862710
    Abstract: On startup, a mobile station application will determine the current carrier network and submit a query to an application server that will return the correct location server configuration for the specified network. This information will be used on the mobile station to dynamically configure the device through the available GPS chipset API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Regan Gill, Ge Xia, Kevin Masao Tsurutome
  • Publication number: 20140302831
    Abstract: A networking system which employs a central computer and at least one cellular telephone. The system allows the central computer to, in response to an inquiry from a remote user, to place the inquiry accessible to other users and to communicate an alert message to another remote user via a cellular telephone associated this user. Due to these contacts, the central computer receives a response from the user of the cellular telephone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Mathew Ogram, Crystal Ogram, Mark Ogram
  • Publication number: 20140295811
    Abstract: An approach is provided adjusting one or more device functionalities based on location, movement, noise, or a combination thereof. An adjustment platform determines at least one state of movement, at least one ongoing communication session, or a combination thereof associated with at least one device, wherein the at least one state of movement includes, at least in part, location information, orientation information, speed information, acceleration information, time information, or a combination thereof. The adjustment platform then causes, at least in part, an initiation of one or more adjustments to one or more functionalities of the at least one device based, at least in part, on the at least one state of movement, the at least one ongoing communication session, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Mikko Aleksi Uusitalo, Jari-Jukka Harald Kaaja
  • Patent number: 8849266
    Abstract: A method ensuring continuity of management of communications sessions operated from a fourth-generation mobile terminal communicating on an IP network including at least one radio network with a plurality of base stations with which said terminal is capable of communicating, said radio network connected via access gateways to an interconnection network with communications session management application servers, the sessions of a mobile terminal being managed by one of said servers, the method including: in the event of a movement of the mobile terminal resulting in a change of access gateway, the new gateway transmits an alert message to a new management server; the new management server transmits an interrogation request to the other servers in order to recover the call context of the mobile terminal; and the new server transmits an invitation to the mobile terminal accompanied by connection parameters, such that said terminal can connect to the new server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Christophe Mathieu, Natael Martinez
  • Patent number: 8849348
    Abstract: A method includes identifying, by a mobile device, a time, a day, a date or a location, and accessing a database storing first information correlating the time, day, date and location to a personal mode or a business mode for the mobile device. The method also includes identifying, exception information associated with the time, day, date, or location, and identifying user preference information associated with the personal mode and the business mode. The user preference information identifies a background associated with a home screen, icons provided on the home screen, or links to information accessible via the home screen. The method further includes configuring the mobile device in the personal or business mode based on the first information and the exception information, wherein the configuring includes providing, on the home screen, information corresponding to the user preference information associated with either the personal or business mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Elliot G. Eichen, Robert H. Liao, Paul O. Perry, Punita Mishra, Lee N. Goodman, Sujin C. Chang, Alok Mandloi
  • Publication number: 20140273974
    Abstract: Systems and methods enable a user of a dual-SIM dual active (DSDA) wireless device to handle multiple simultaneous independent real time calls SIMs to prevent calls from being dropped on a multi-SIM wireless device. In the various embodiments, a DSDA device user on an active call may receive another incoming voice call and select to process the incoming voice call using a voice/text conversation mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Vinay VARGHESE, Manish PODDAR
  • Publication number: 20140274005
    Abstract: Techniques associated with intelligent connection management in a wireless device are described, including detecting, using an intelligent connection device implemented in a wireless device, a call incoming to the wireless device, obtaining context data associated with the call, deriving parameters associated with the call using the context data, selecting a compatible device as a preferred device to connect the call using the parameters, and sending operational data to the compatible device, the operational data configured to transfer the call to the compatible device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: AliphCom
    Inventors: Michael Edward Smith Luna, Thomas Alan Donaldson, Adam Koniak
  • Publication number: 20140274004
    Abstract: Conventional Universal Serial Bus (USB) headsets or other headsets capable of being connected to a digital data port may be connected in a collaborative configuration using a multiple headset integrator. The multiple headset integrator unifies multiple calling parties at a local end point of an audio communication with a remote calling party. Other peripheral communication devices may also be used, and controls may be provided on the multiple headset integrator or control signals may be passed from the headsets or other wearable communication devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PLANTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth Koll
  • Publication number: 20140274006
    Abstract: Systems and methods use the capabilities of multiple SIMs to prevent calls from being dropped on a multi-SIM wireless device. In the various embodiments, network conditions may be monitored for signal quality during an active call. When signal quality on the network deteriorates, the multi-SIM wireless device may switch the active call to a network associated with a different SIM that provides better service. To enable the switch, the multi-SIM wireless device may setup a conference call with the called party and the different SIM. In the various embodiments, the multi-SIM wireless devices may be a dual-SIM dual active (DSDA) wireless device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Subbarayudu MUTYA, Jayavarapu Venkata Krishna MURTHY, Shivank NAYAK
  • Patent number: 8837701
    Abstract: Examples of associating user information from social network sites with a conference call application may include a series of operations. One example operation may provide receiving a command to share at least one social networking application with a scheduled conference call and accessing an application programming interface (API) of the social networking application, and sharing user profile information with a graphical user interface (GUI) application of the scheduled conference call corresponding to the command to share the social networking application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Moore, Bruce Pollock
  • Publication number: 20140256301
    Abstract: A method of connecting a computing device to a conference. One method comprises finding one or more potential dial-in numbers and looking up the one or more potential dial-in numbers in at least one database. One method further comprises one of, accessing a conference reception zone with one of the potential dial-in numbers when the one of the potential dial-in numbers is found in the at least one database and attempting to access the conference reception zone with the one or more potential dial-in numbers when the one or more potential dial-in numbers are not found in the at least one database. One or more potential conference pin numbers are obtained and it is determined whether one or more additional conference pin numbers are associated with the one or more potential dial-in numbers. A selected conference pin number is assigned a confidence level and the conference pin number is entered in the conference reception zone prior to accessing the conference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: JAMES MICHAEL HAID, DUSTIN KANE MALLORY, PRIYAN NEOMAL GUNERATNE
  • Patent number: 8831582
    Abstract: A method of connecting a computing device to a conference. One method comprises finding one or more potential dial-in numbers and looking up the one or more potential dial-in numbers in at least one database. One method further comprises one of, accessing a conference reception zone with one of the potential dial-in numbers when the one of the potential dial-in numbers is found in the at least one database and attempting to access the conference reception zone with the one or more potential dial-in numbers when the one or more potential dial-in numbers are not found in the at least one database. One or more potential conference pin numbers are obtained and it is determined whether one or more additional conference pin numbers are associated with the one or more potential dial-in numbers. A selected conference pin number is assigned a confidence level and the conference pin number is entered in the conference reception zone prior to accessing the conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: MobileDay, Inc.
    Inventors: James Michael Haid, Dustin Kane Mallory, Priyan Neomal Guneratne
  • Patent number: 8831581
    Abstract: Systems, methods and processor-readable media for initiating a call are disclosed. A particular system includes an access interface to receive a data message including a destination address from a mobile communication device. The system also includes a communication bridge responsive to the access interface. The communication bridge initiates a first call to the mobile communication device and initiates a second call to the destination address in response to the data message. The communication bridge bridges the first call to the second call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hipcricket, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas F. Bender, Mark S. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 8831580
    Abstract: Systems, methods and processor-readable media for initiating a call are disclosed. A particular system includes an access interface to receive a data message including a destination address from a mobile communication device. The system also includes a communication bridge responsive to the access interface. The communication bridge initiates a first call to the mobile communication device and initiates a second call to the destination address in response to the data message. The communication bridge bridges the first call to the second call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hipcricket, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas F. Bender, Mark S. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 8831197
    Abstract: A method includes receiving at a local conference coordinator a first indication of a scheduled conference that includes a plurality of conference details. The method also includes transmitting at least one of the plurality of conference details to a remote conference coordinator and receiving at least one additional conference detail regarding the scheduled conference from the remote conference coordinator. The method additionally includes determining conference scheduling information comprising at least one resource to be used for the scheduled conference based on the plurality of conference details and the at least one additional conference detail. The method also includes identifying a conference room supporting the at least one resource to be used for the scheduled conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Satyavrat A. Prabhune, Krutarth M. Shah
  • Patent number: 8831662
    Abstract: Disclosed is a two-way radio frequency (RF) communications system including a first device that receives, from a first subscriber unit, a virtual radio conferencing call (VRC) request identifying a plurality of other subscriber units to be partied to the VRC call and a conference time period during which to conduct the VRC call. The device reserves RF resources at one or more corresponding radio sites associated with the subscriber units partied to the VRC call for the conference time period. At a beginning of the conference time period, the device causes a virtual radio conference call start message to be transmitted to the subscriber units partied to the call instructing the subscriber units to join the VRC call via the reserved RF resources at their respective radio sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Qi, Shu-Shan He, Zhou Yang, Rui Zhong
  • Publication number: 20140248849
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing electronic notifications are described. A server is configured to serve an interface, such as a Web page, to a terminal that requests from a user a first set of user contacts to be used to provide notifications to the user by a telephonic notification system in response to a notification process initiated by an organization associated with the user. The interface further requests a first set of priorities corresponding to the first set of user contacts, wherein the notification system will attempt to provide notifications to the first set user contracts in an order based at least in part on the first set of priorities. A database is configured to store the first set of user contacts and the first set of priorities. A voice interface circuit is configured to transmit a voice notification to at least one of the first set of user contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Everbridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Kirchmeier, Cintawati W. Putra
  • Patent number: 8824341
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method of joining a user to a conference call event an interface associated with a time management software application is displayed. The interface displays information relating to the conference call event including a date for a conference call which is subject of the conference call event and a start time of the conference call. While displaying the interface, a menu offering one or more options is displayed; these one or more options include an option to join the conference call. When an indication of a selection of the option to join the conference call is received, information associated with the conference call is located; this information includes a telephone number for a conference call bridge. A connection with the conference call bridge using the telephone number is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Adrian Logan, Rohit Jain, Eric Fritzley, Christopher Labrador, Michael McAndrews
  • Patent number: 8825029
    Abstract: Systems and methods for initiating a telephone call on a communication device receive, into a computerized device, an instruction to connect a communication device to a communication receiver using a call-in string comprising a call-in number and a pass code. The call-in string is parsed to separate the call-in number and the pass code, using the computerized device. A pause indicator is identified in the call-in string, using the computerized device. The pause indicator is formatted to a type-specific format appropriate for the type of communication device, using the computerized device. The call-in number is transmitted from the computerized device to the communication receiver. A pause is executed, using the computerized device, according to the pause indicator formatted for a specific type of device. The pass code is transmitted from the computerized device to the communication receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Lydia M. Do
  • Publication number: 20140242959
    Abstract: A method, apparatus computer program product provide acoustical echo control for distributed voice conferencing including distributed voice conferencing that utilizes spatial audio processing. In the context of a method, a reference signal and one or more other reference signals may be received by a mobile terminal. The reference signal is associated with downlink audio to be reproduced by the mobile terminal and the one or more other reference signals are associated with downlink audio to be reproduced by one or more other mobile terminals. The method also includes processing an echo signal from uplink audio due to the downlink audio reproduced by the audio transducer of the mobile terminal based upon the reference signal. The method also processes an echo signal from uplink audio due to the downlink audio reproduced by respective audio transducers of the one or more other mobile terminals based upon the one or more other reference signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: NOKIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jussi Virolainen, Ville Myllyla
  • Patent number: 8818345
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for reducing the use of network resources during a conference call with mobile communications devices. An active conference call is detected between a conference bridge service, including a conference bridge leader, and participants who are ace sing the conference call by way of a mobile communications device in a wireless communications network. An indication is received that the conference bridge leader has muted the lines of the participants. As a result, each of these mobile communications devices are notified to stop transmitting data over a reverse link other than data used for signaling purposes until the devices are no longer muted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Maulik K. Shah, Srinivasarao Venkata Naga Satya Penugonda, Sachin R. Vargantwar
  • Patent number: 8817964
    Abstract: An improved solution for telephonic voice authentication and display is provided. A method of identifying conference call participants includes detecting a sound made by one of conference call participants; identifying this conference call participant based on the sound; and then displaying an attribute of the conference call participant to one of the other conference call participants. The attribute may include a picture, a name, and/or other information related to the identified conference call participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Moon J. Kim, Eric T. C. Yee
  • Patent number: 8818340
    Abstract: In a method data are collected about users of mobile telephones which are present within a plurality of defined cells between two specified points in time. For this purpose a list of telephone numbers of mobile telephones is retrieved from a data base, which mobile telephones were located in the defined cells between the two specified points in time. The list of telephone numbers is converted into unique numbers to avoid violation of privacy. Subsequently, the cells are defined in which the housing locations of the users of these mobile telephones are situated. This is effected by sending non-noticeable text messages to mobile telephones on various days at a number of different points in time at which most people are expected to be at home. Based on these text messages the locations of the mobile telephones are established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Wim Steenhakkers
  • Publication number: 20140235215
    Abstract: An internet-based conferencing system simulates the experience of Citizens' Band (CB) radio communications without the use of CB radio transceivers. Instead of direct RF links between participants, the CBI system employs a combination of user-resident application software, central server-based conferencing software, GPS location data, and Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. In the set-up procedure of the application software, the participant selects an alias CB-style “handle” and a caricature picture, neither of which disclose the true identity or location of the participant. Since the participants are known only by their alias and caricature, their anonymity is preserved, thereby enabling greater freedom of expression and interpersonal tolerance. Participants do not select the other participants in their conference, but are assigned to a virtual “channel” based on a selected conference category and proximity criteria, thereby simulating the serendipity of CB radio communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Edward J. Perez
  • Patent number: 8811962
    Abstract: A method and system of establishing a conference call between end users provides initiating a request for at least one invitee to participate in the conference call. The request message is received on a first device prior to time the conference call is scheduled to begin. The message includes a hyperlink which may be activated to autonomously dial a number through the wireless device and connect with a conference call service provider. The conference call may be further accessed by satisfying one or more parameters necessary to enter the conference call. A communication link may be established between the at least one wireless device and the conference call service provider to begin the conference call via one or more autonomous conference call access operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Clinton Smith, Herbert Calvin Pyles, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8811960
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer-readable media for providing caller identification information. A server receives a call notification that identifies a call originating from a calling address for connection to a destination address associated with a wireless destination device. The server makes the determination that the wireless destination device is within a predetermined proximity of a media station. Based on the determination, the server communicates a caller identifier to the media station for presentation on a display device communicatively coupled to the media station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Bright House Networks, LLC
    Inventor: Leo Cloutier
  • Patent number: 8811382
    Abstract: An example method includes performing a telephone number database query at a call session control function server to obtain a first uniform resource identifier for a destination and to obtain a second uniform resource identifier for the destination, establishing a first communication session to the destination based on the first uniform resource identifier, and initiating a second communication session on behalf of a calling device to the destination based on the second uniform resource identifier, the destination to provide content associated with the first communication session via the second communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: James Jackson
  • Patent number: 8812032
    Abstract: A low cost cordless telephone system including a base unit, connected to a telephone network, which can transmit and receive RF signals to and from sub-communicating devices. The sub-communicating devices include a cordless microphone for converting acoustical signals to electrical signals and providing same to a transmitter which transmits corresponding simplex RF signals on a cordless telephone frequency to a base unit attached to a telephone network; and a cordless speaker which receives simplex RF signals from a base unit and broadcasts a corresponding telephone conversation. The base unit may connect directly to a telephone network or, in an alternate embodiment, to the handset jack of an existing telephone, thereby interfacing to existing phones including those connected to digital telephone systems. The base unit may also include a speaker used to broadcast the telephone conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Carley
  • Patent number: 8811955
    Abstract: In a Push-To-All (PTA) service system and method enabling selective designation of data transmission targets, a transmitting PTA terminal requests a selective data transmission to a PTA server using a receiver-designated Talk Burst Control Protocol (TBCP) message containing information about some receiving PTA terminals participating in the same session as the transmitting PTA terminal, and the PTA server transmits data received from the transmitting PTA terminal to designated receiving PTA terminals by referring to the information contained in the receiver-designated TBCP message. Thus, a selective data transmission can be performed within one PTA session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Suk Lee
  • Patent number: 8811586
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for arranging a conference call with mobile terminals operating in a cellular network. At first, a group of the participants of the conference call is formed either by selecting the participants from a list saved in the memory of the mobile terminal in by inputting the contract information of the participants manually. In the next step, a summons to the conference call is drawn up in standard form. An application loaded into the memory of the convener's mobile terminal forms the summons, and sends the summons to the particulars via the cellular network. When a participant wants to join a conference call, he/she makes a call with the mobile terminal to the telephone number mentioned in the summons. An application in the mobile terminal of the convener receives the incoming calls and joins them to the conference call automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Timo Ali-Vehmas
  • Publication number: 20140228011
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a server obtains a user-specified mixing preference (USMP) for an access terminal (AT) in a communication group that is different than a default mixing rule for the group communication session. The server grants non-exclusive floors to a subset of ATs in the communication group, receives media frames from each AT in the subset and generates an output frame by selectively mixing the received media frames based on the USMP, after which the output frame is sent to the AT. In another embodiment, the AT obtains the USMP and receives unmixed versions of the media frames and then selectively mixes the received media frames at the AT based on the USMP. In another embodiment, an AT detects speech and requests the floor, and the AT buffers speech while waiting for the floor request to be granted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Amit Goel, Mohammed Ataur Rahman Shuman, Rajan Verman
  • Patent number: 8798609
    Abstract: Disclosed is a user interface for supporting a call function and a portable device using the user interface. With respect to a portable device having a call function, icons are allocated to telephone numbers of devices or indexes corresponding thereto and are displayed on a display unit, and a touch sensor setting is performed to support generation of a touch event with respect to icons output on the display unit, so that various call functions are supported through movement, disposition and removal of the icons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Choon Jeon, Yun Hyang Kim, Jin Gu Lee
  • Patent number: 8798575
    Abstract: A method for improving service data flow based charging and a system thereof are disclosed. A CRF may determine, according to input information provided by an AF or TPF, that the charging method for the current data flow service is an online or offline charging method, and provide the TPF with the charging rules with the corresponding mechanism. Moreover, the CRF may provide the TPF with the address information of an OCS or OFCS corresponding to the UE, to enable the TPF to address the corresponding OCS according to the address information of the OCS and trigger the following credit request procedure for the UE, or enable the TPF to address the corresponding OFCS according to address information of the OFCS and send collected charging data information of the UE to the OFCS. Therefore the charging procedure based on the FBC mechanism is more complete and more reasonable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaoqin Duan, Yajuan Wu
  • Patent number: 8793388
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for processing a call to an aggregate endpoint device over a network are disclosed. For example, the method receives a session request by a Serving-Call Session Control Function (S-CSCF), wherein a route header for the session request comprises an aggregate endpoint identifier, and interacts with an application server to receive a Public User Identity (PUID) of the aggregate endpoint device in accordance with the aggregate endpoint identifier. The method performs a termination processing for the session request using the PUID of the aggregate endpoint device, and forwards the session request towards the aggregate endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Nancy E. Lambros, Leopold Strahs
  • Patent number: 8787212
    Abstract: A method for reducing set-up signaling in a Long Term Evolution (LTE) communication system is performed by an LTE subsystem. The method includes the LTE subsystem: receiving from a first user equipment (UE) a first message as part of a connection procedure to connect the first UE to the LTE system, the first message having contents that include an identifier for identifying a virtual channel on which the first UE intends to transmit media; determining a status of the virtual channel; and based on the status of the virtual channel, determining whether to send to the first UE a response to the first message that allows the connection procedure to proceed or to send to the first UE a response that terminates the connection procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Valentin Oprescu-Surcobe, Michael F. Korus, Donald G. Newberg, Aparna Pandey
  • Patent number: 8787889
    Abstract: A method for administering conferencing resources in a communications system comprising a plurality of terminals and a conference server, the method comprising: transmitting from a first terminal to the server a first message comprising a request for a resource capable of sustaining a conference call; allocating by means of the server a network address identifying a resource capable of sustaining the conference call; and transmitting from the server to the first terminal a second message comprising the network address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Aki Niemi
  • Publication number: 20140194100
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to group communications over multimedia broadcast/multicast services (MBMS). An aspect determines whether a number of one or more user devices in an MBMS coverage area participating in a group call is less than a threshold, and delivers a media stream for the group call to a user device of the one or more user devices over a wireless local area network (WLAN) to which the user device is connected based on the number of the one or more user devices in the MBMS coverage area being less than the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Kirankumar ANCHAN
  • Publication number: 20140194087
    Abstract: A method for providing a remote PBX service by a customer's phone service provider. More than one telephone number is assigned to one customer's telephone communication link in communication with at least one telephone. A connect signal is received by the customer's phone service provider including one of the telephone numbers assigned to the customer's telephone communication link. A called telephone code is generated indicative of the number included in the connect signal. The called telephone code is sent to the customer's telephone communication link whereby a user of the customer's telephone communication link is capable of knowing which of the more than one telephone numbers assigned to the customer's telephone communication link was called prior to answering the telephone connected to the customer's telephone communication link. Thus, the customer's phone service provider provides the remote PBX service for the customer without the necessity of a local PBX.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Automated Business Companies
    Inventor: Automated Business Companies
  • Patent number: 8774060
    Abstract: A communication system that includes one or more mobile wireless headsets with full duplex capabilities, a server, and a communication access point configured to deliver communications between the server and the mobile wireless headsets. The communication access point can be a multi-cell network of multiple communication access points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua R. Bryant